Profile of HanseYachts AG
Developed by sailors. Tested on the Baltic Sea. Sold across the world. Since its founding in 1990, HanseYachts AG – which now encompasses seven brands – has become one of the biggest manufacturers of seagoing, series-produced sailing yachts and motor yachts and of luxury catamarans. HanseYachts AG went public in 2007 (General Standard); around 23.23% of its shares are currently freely traded. In 2011, Munich-based Aurelius AG became the majority shareholder and currently holds around 76.77% of issued shares.
Second-biggest yacht-builder in the world
In terms of the number of yachts sold worldwide, HanseYachts AG is the second-biggest manufacturer of seagoing sailing yachts in the world. In the market for recreational motor yachts, the company is now among the top 10 providers worldwide. The Group has also acquired the catamaran brand Privilège, the world’s sixth-biggest manufacturer of luxury sailing catamarans and power catamarans. Production is based in Greifswald, Germany, and Les Sables d’Olonne, France.
Direct access to the Baltic Sea and Atlantic Ocean
Direct access to the Baltic Sea and Atlantic Ocean allows HanseYachts AG to test its range of sailing yachts, motor yachts and catamarans under real-life conditions. Each new product undergoes thorough testing before being placed on the market, and the test results are instantly and directly incorporated in ongoing product development. New materials and components are tested on water, not just under laboratory conditions.
Some customers travel all the way to the shipyard itself to pick up their new yacht before sailing back home, wherever that may be in the world. A crane carefully positions the sailing yachts, motor yachts and catamarans on the water for the first time after they leave the production halls. For sailing yachts and catamarans, the mast is set and all the rigging is installed on site.
Own production sites
Having our own production sites enables us to respond quickly to new requirements and ensures highly efficient production processes. GRP production is painstakingly carried out by our team of experienced specialists. The spectrum encompasses everything from lamination of the small parts and construction of the hulls using the hand lay-up method through to weight-optimised vacuum infusions for certain yacht types.
All wood and interior elements are produced under our own direction at the HanseYachts AG headquarters in Greifswald, Germany. State-of-the-art equipment and machinery with CNC milling enable us to create blanks with millimetre precision. Highly skilled specialists assemble all the furnishings by hand. Final assembly of the sailing and motor yachts is performed cost-efficiently on production lines.
The polish subsidiary Technologie Tworzyw Sztucznych Sp. z o.o. (TTS) is primarily specialised in the production of laminated structural elements for sail and motor boats from 30 to 62 feet in length, as well as the final assembly of our motor yachts under 34 feet.
The Privilége sailing and power catamarans are built by hand in Les Sables d’Olonne on the Atlantic coast of France, which ensures the very highest level of customisation.
A highly skilled workforce
HanseYachts AG employs an annual average of around 1,500 people. Of these, almost 20% are salaried employees and more than 80% are industrial workers. In the Greifswald region (Germany), HanseYachts AG is one of the largest employers. In addition, there are around 150 employees of the Privilége brand at the catamaran shipyard in Les Sables D'Olonne (France).
World-renowned design offices
HanseYachts AG collaborates with a number of world-renowned nautical designers of yachts and catamarans. Bill Dixon (Dixon Design), Patrick Banfield (Allseas Design), Marc Lombard and judel/vrolijk & co are established names in the world of yachting and lend the various models of the individual brands their own distinctive appearance. In these close partnerships, we develop yachts in line with our philosophy: ‘Breaking rules. Setting trends’.
Own development locations
One of HanseYachts AG’s biggest strengths is that we have our own development team as well as our own model and mould construction team. A team comprising 40 designers, engineers and technicians, all of whom are consummate masters in their fields and possess many years of experience, work alongside renowned yacht designers to design and develop sailing yachts, motor yachts and catamarans right down to the very last detail – from the interior fittings and deck layout to the engine and air-conditioning system. Two in-house, five-axle CNC mills turn our virtual models into reality and are capable of machining components measuring up to 6 by 16 metres. Quality yacht-building begins with quality tools.
As a new design and development centre, the BALTICDESIGN INSTITUTE in Szczecin complements the development department at HanseYachts AG's headquarters and offers additional expertise in the sectors of yacht design and structural dimensioning. The team of highly qualified employees has many years of international professional experience in yacht design as well as in the marine industry. The close cooperation of all development instances enables the creation of new, forward-looking products.
In addition to the components that we produce in-house, we also enlist the services of premium suppliers. We use engines from Volvo, Yanmar and Mercury; navigation electronics from B&G, Garmin and Raymarine; sails from Elvström and Quantum; heating systems from Eberspächer and Webasto; masts from Seldén and Z Spars; fittings from Harken and Lewmar; and running rigging from Liros. When HanseYachts AG selects its suppliers, three factors are non-negotiable: high quality, reliable deliveries with consistent quality and comprehensive after-sales service for end customers.
Seven brands with their own unique characters – united under the roof of HanseYachts AG. Each brand operates independently on the market, but benefits from the pooled development and production technology of one of the world’s leading yacht-builders. Watch our film to find out more about the six brands of HanseYachts AG.